A Guide to Wedding Cocktail Dressing


Indian weddings are known for their extravagance. Among the innumerable functions that you attend, the cocktail party gives you a perfect opportunity to wear something different and let your hair down. However, a lot of women are unsure about what to wear for a wedding cocktail part. If you too are finding it difficult to choose an attire that you can carry gracefully and at the same time let your hair down, we are here to help. Here’s a styling guide that will help you dress right and stand out from the crowd.


Keep it Contemporary 

Gowns for women are the most versatile option for cocktail parties. After all, “There’s a gown for every occasion. You just need to find the right one.” If you haven’t found ‘the one’ yet, check our collection of beautiful gowns. From A-line, ball gowns, empire-waist, dropped-waist, mermaid-style to the trumpet-style; there are innumerable options to choose from. You can also go for a well-embellished Indo-western gown that reflects the glamour, which permeates the Indian culture. You can play around with the style of sleeves, silhouettes, and necklines to single out the look that appeals the most to your personal sense of style. 

The Whole Nine Yards

When it comes to Indian wedding cocktail parties, you can never go wrong in a traditional saree. What’s more, there is a galore of draping styles to choose from. You can stick to the basic nivi draping style, which is also the easiest, or leave your comfort zone for bolder options such as the Indo-western dhoti draping style and the back-to-front mermaid draping style. 

To complete the look, adorn yourself in embellished accessories and ornaments such as heavy earrings paired with a minimalist vintage necklace and some bangles. Or keep it simple with a classic watch and that’s it – all eyes will be glued to you!

Twirl Around in a Lehenga 

The lehenga-choli is another classic way to ace the wedding cocktail look. You can go for an undisturbed ensemble – just the way it has been passed down for generations. Alternatively, add a fun twist by styling the dupatta either in pleats, just like you would for a saree, or by going all ‘loosey-goosey’ – pinning your dupatta loosely with your outfit for a more effortless look. For heavily-worked dupattas, the ‘open-drape’ is a classic way to have the intricacies on full display. 

The lehenga-choli look sans traditional Indian jewellery is incomplete; however, remember that less is always more. Instead of heavy jewellery, go for simple danglers, a meenakari necklace, and some bangles for a cocktail-ready look. 

Suit up

If you want to wear something traditional but don’t feel very confident about a saree, you can go for a lavish ‘suit’. Skim through our collection of Kurtis online that will bedazzle you by the sheer number of style options. Wear a gorgeous Kurti paired with a ‘sharara’ or a traditional skirt or lehenga, which will make you stand out, especially for wedding cocktail parties. 

Pair a heavily-worked Kurti with a contrasting maxi skirt or lehenga and a simple dupatta or go the other way round and team a plain Kurti with an intricately-designed lehenga. Moreover, you can even ditch the dupatta altogether to radiate Bohemian Princess vibes. For this look, heavy danglers or earrings will do the trick in setting you apart. 

You can play around with the styles mentioned in the styling guide to come up with an outfit that adequately captures your persona. All that will be left is to step into the venue with all eyes looking in your direction!